Happy President’s Day! Since today is, indeed, a holiday, and I want to take advantage of the lazy opportunities therein, let’s get right to this week’s TV picks, in all their abbreviated glory.
In honor of the holiday, PBS is premiering a two-hour look at former POTUS William Jefferson Clinton on “American Experience.” I often ponder the Clinton years, and try to imagine what his presidency would have been like in an age filled with 24-hour news channels, the Internet, and Fox; it’s a scary thought…Watch the doc tonight at 9 P.M. on KQED.
If you prefer some slightly less educational viewing today, look no further than the season premiere of “Bethenny Ever After” at 9 P.M. on Bravo. And if you think becoming a multi-millionaire is going to make Ms. Frankel any calmer, think again.
On Tuesday, February 21st, Dan Savage brings his “It Gets Better” campaign to television, with a documentary that will air simultaneously on both MTV and LOGO at 11 P.M.
With that, we’ll skip ahead to this weekend, in all its glitzy glory.
On Saturday, February 25th, we have what I like to think of as the Oscars’ funnier, drunken uncle, the annual “Spirit Awards,” the movie awards show that takes place on a beach, with plenty of booze and possibilities. This year’s event is hosted by Seth Rogen, and can be viewed on IFC at 7 P.M.
And that brings us to Sunday, February 26th: Oscar night. As you’ve probably heard by now, Billy Crystal is back hosting again, after being gone for a decade, (which leads me to ponder, will anyone under the age of 25 even know who he is? Besides as a voice in a Pixar movie, of course).
With each year, the investment I have in who actually wins seems to sink lower and lower, (I seriously hope they go back to the good old days of five Best Picture nominees), but I still look forward to the spectacle just as much. It’s my Super Bowl, and I will watch every tedious minute of its (it could happen!) seven-hour running time.
The actual show starts at 5:30 P.M. on ABC, but coverage of the red carpet begins at 12:30 P.M. You can also check out red carpet coverage over on E! starting at 10:30 A.M.
(Feel free to offer your predictions for winners in the comments. I tend to wait until the last minute to pick mine, but as of right now I’m going with The Artist; George Clooney; a toss up between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis; Octavia Spencer; and Christopher Plummer. But don’t hold me to that.)